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  1. 7.1 hrs • 3/29/2016 • Unabridged

    Antoine van Agtmael coined the term “emerging markets” and built a career and a multibillion-dollar investing firm centered on these surging economies that would, over time, supplant the West as engines of wealth and prosperity. The trend held for decades, but a few years ago van Agtmael and Alfred Bakker, a renowned European journalist, began seeing signs that the tide might be turning. For example, during a visit to an enormously successful chip company in Taiwan, the company’s leaders told them that their American competitors were now eating their lunch. And Taiwan was not the only place giving them this message. Thus began a remarkable two-year journey to reassess the conventional wisdom that the US and Europe are yesterday’s story and to determine whether there is something profound that is happening that points the way to the creation of the next economy. In The Smartest Places on Earth, van Agtmael and Bakker present a truly hopeful and inspiring investigation into the emerging sources of a new era of competitiveness for America and Europe that are coming from unlikely places—those cities and areas once known as “rustbelts” that have, from an economic perspective, been written off. Take, Akron, Ohio, whose economy for decades was dependent on industries such as tire manufacturing, a product now made cheaply elsewhere. In Akron and other such communities, a combination of forces—including visionary thinkers, government initiatives, start-ups making real products, and even big corporations—have succeeded in creating what van Agtmael and Bakker call a “brainbelt.” These “brainbelts” depend on a collaborative style of working that is unique to the societies and culture of America and Europe, since they involve levels of trust and freedom of thinking that can’t be replicated elsewhere. They are producing products and technologies transforming industries such as vehicles and transportation, farming and food production, medical devices and healthcare. For several decades American and European industry focused on cost by outsourcing production to those emerging markets that can make things cheaper. The tide has now turned, as van Agtmael and Bakker report, to being smart, and the next emerging market, may, in fact, be the West.

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    The Smartest Places on Earth

    7.1 hrs • 3/29/16 • Unabridged
  2. 12.2 hrs • 1/25/2016 • Unabridged

    The world is a better place than it used to be. People are healthier, wealthier, and live longer. Yet the escapes from destitution by so many has left gaping inequalities between people and nations. In The Great Escape, Angus Deaton—one of the foremost experts on economic development and on poverty—tells the remarkable story of how, beginning 250 years ago, some parts of the world experienced sustained progress, opening up gaps and setting the stage for today’s disproportionately unequal world. Deaton takes an in-depth look at the historical and ongoing patterns behind the health and wealth of nations, and addresses what needs to be done to help those left behind. Deaton describes vast innovations and wrenching setbacks: the successes of antibiotics, pest control, vaccinations, and clean water on the one hand, and disastrous famines and the HIV/AIDS epidemic on the other. He examines the United States, a nation that has prospered but is today experiencing slower growth and increasing inequality. He also considers how economic growth in India and China has improved the lives of more than a billion people. Deaton argues that international aid has been ineffective and even harmful. He suggests alternative efforts—including reforming incentives to drug companies and lifting trade restrictions—that will allow the developing world to bring about its own Great Escape. Demonstrating how changes in health and living standards have transformed our lives, The Great Escape is a powerful guide to addressing the well-being of all nations.

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    The Great Escape by Angus Deaton

    The Great Escape

    12.2 hrs • 1/25/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 7.7 hrs • 10/27/2015 • Unabridged

    The next twenty years will be completely different from the past. Current global trends are bleak: weak economic growth, too much debt, declining incomes for the lower 99%, a dangerous addiction to fossil fuels, and ecological destruction—just to name a few. Many of us understandably feel resigned to an eroding standard of living in the years to come. But what if we told you that there are specific attainable steps you can take today that can limit your vulnerability to these trends and help you become richer, healthier, happier, live with greater purpose, more value, and stay safe from harm. That’s exactly what Prosperity! offers: a blueprint for taking control of and improving your destiny. It outlines practical, actionable investments of your time and resources that will ensure you enjoy greater prosperity in your life, whatever the future may bring.In Prosperity!, Martenson and Taggart will explain:the trends most likely to shape your life over the next twenty years;why developing resilience offers your best chance for thriving, even though society may suffer from the changes these trends may bring;how to build true wealth;what specific actions to take now to secure a prosperous future, no matter what the future holds;how everybody can benefit from this guidance, regardless of age, income or ability;and how we can best serve the next generation by the actions we take today. Prosperity! is the highly anticipated follow-up to Martenson’s acclaimed book The Crash Course.

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    7.7 hrs • 10/27/15 • Unabridged
  4. 7.7 hrs • 10/1/2015 • Unabridged

    Why the next Steve Jobs is just as likely to come from Lagos, Acapulco, Lahore, or Mumbai as from Silicon Valley. Elmira Bayrasli’s colorful narrative brings listeners inside the world of high-growth entrepreneurs as they overcome vexing obstacles to build businesses that create jobs and economic growth and-perhaps most important-shift mindsets. Here are the people who personify the transformative force of entrepreneurship from parts of the world that will be the source of the overwhelming amount of economic growth over the next twenty-five years. Bülent Çelebi applies creative genius as he searches for the talent needed to roll out a wireless mesh technology, convincing skeptics from Europe and America that a breakthrough like this could be developed in Turkey. Tayo Oviosu grapples with the poor infrastructure and political chaos to bring financial services to the vast majority of Nigerians who lack access to banks and other financial institutions. Bayrasli takes us on an extraordinary journey, with fascinating eyewitness accounts of courage, endurance, and ingenuity, as people in some of the world’s most challenging societies build globally competitive products and services that garner international praise and investment. As these extraordinary entrepreneurs create new economic possibilities in their countries, it becomes clear that the same game-changing creative development that happened in Silicon Valley in the 1960s is occurring right now in unexpected places on “the other side of the world.”

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    From the Other Side of the World

    7.7 hrs • 10/1/15 • Unabridged
  5. 4.6 hrs • 1/21/2015 • Unabridged

    Bigger has turned out not to be better. Servicing the global economy has exacted a heavy toll in the erosion of our communities and the destruction of our environment. Increasingly, we are coming to realize that the way forward looks a lot like the way back—back to strong local economies, back to resilient, tight-knit communities, back to the land and work that is real. As we chart our course through these uncertain times, we are hungry for inspiration. Robert Swann was a self-taught economist, a tireless champion of decentralism, and the father of the relocalization movement. A conscientious war resistor imprisoned for his beliefs, Bob Swann engaged in lifelong nonviolent direct action against war, racism, and economic inequity. His legacy is a vision of a life-affirming, alternative economy of peace founded on innovations in land and monetary reform. Swann’s story is also the untold history of decentralism in the United States.  Swann forged tools to build productive, resilient local and regional economies. Now as global industrial civilization flails in the throes of ecological and economic crisis, Swann’s working innovations are at the ready to help neighborhoods, local entrepreneurs, and willing communities to rebuild at appropriate scales.

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    On Gandhi’s Path

    4.6 hrs • 1/21/15 • Unabridged
  6. 6.0 hrs • 1/21/2015 • Unabridged

    Every fifteen seconds, a child dies from waterborne disease. Three times an hour, another species becomes extinct. Each day we consume eighty-five million barrels of oil and pump twenty-three million tons of carbon dioxide into an already warming atmosphere. But against this bleak backdrop, beacons of hope shine from thousands of large and small initiatives taking place everywhere from isolated villages to major urban centers. Thriving beyond Sustainability draws a collective map of individuals, organizations and communities from around the world that are committed to building an alternative future—one that strives to restore ecological health, reinvent outmoded institutions and rejuvenate our environmental, social and economic systems. The projects and initiatives profiled are meeting the challenges of the day with optimism, hope and results, leading the way in:relocalizationgreen commerceecological designenvironmental conservationsocial transformation Overflowing with inspiration, the stories and ideas in these pages will cause the most chronic pessimist to see the glass as half full—to move beyond a perception of surviving with scarcity to one of flourishing with abundance. The comprehensive resource section provides the tools for everyone to become a catalyst for change.

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    Thriving beyond Sustainability

    6.0 hrs • 1/21/15 • Unabridged
  7. 9.1 hrs • 7/15/2014 • Unabridged

    On today’s high-tech battlefields, the most lethal weapons are not the big ones, but rather the ones that are small enough to be smuggled inside a pack of chewing gum: microchips, gyroscopes, radar-cloaking, and night-vision technology. Developed and manufactured in the United States at extraordinary cost, these tiny weapons of war—which can guide missiles, see through walls, and trigger anything from a wireless IED to a nuclear weapon—are what currently give the United States its military advantage. Unfortunately, they are increasingly being discovered in the hands of our enemies. In Operation Shakespeare, Pulitzer Prize finalist John Shiffman tells the true story of an elaborate sting operation launched by an elite Homeland Security team that was created to stop Iran, Russia, China, and North Korea from stealing US military technology. The sting, codenamed Operation Shakespeare to disguise its true nature, targets an Iranian arms broker who works on behalf of Tehran. Over the course of three years, the American agents go undercover to outwit not only the Iranian, but US defense contractors and bankers willing to put profit over national security. The chase moves around the world, from Philadelphia to Shiraz, London to Dubai, Beverly Hills to Tbilisi. A mysterious British informant helps the US team lure the Iranian to a former Soviet republic. The Iranian walks into the sting carrying a laptop containing a road map to Tehran’s secret military plans. As the United States tries to bring the Iranian to justice, his own government plots to assassinate him, fearful of what he might reveal. More than a thrilling cat-and-mouse chase, Operation Shakespeare opens our eyes to a vast secret war the United States is waging across the globe. How does rocket guidance technology that is manufactured in California wind up in the hands of terrorists in Lebanon? How do IED triggers travel from the factories of Arizona to insurgents on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan? In addition to answering questions like these, Operation Shakespeare reveals how many of the world’s biggest banks have systematically helped enemy states conceal trillions of dollars’ worth of wire transactions over the past decades. Shiffman also bares others who put profits over US troops, including a major corporation that hands night vision secrets to China and an American scientist who helps Beijing develop stealth technology. Tenacious, richly detailed, and boasting unprecedented access to both the Iranian broker and the US agents who caught him, Operation Shakespeare combines the rigor of the best investigative journalism with the drama of Homeland. The result is a fast-paced, masterful account of a little-explored front in the national security wars: the covert struggle to preserve American military supremacy and protect US troops.

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    Operation Shakespeare

    9.1 hrs • 7/15/14 • Unabridged
  8. 4.3 hrs • 6/24/2014 • Unabridged

    This audiobook has a simple message for business leaders: your primary goal must be to serve and raise the poor. The poor need to enter the economic system to buy products, put money in banks, and move into the middle class. This is the only approach that can possibly save the American Dream. John Hope Bryant, successful self-made businessman and founder of the nonprofit Operation HOPE, says business and political leaders are ignoring the one force that could truly re-energize the stalled American economy: the poor. If we give poor communities the right tools, policies, and inspiration, he argues, they will be able to lift themselves up into the middle class and become a new generation of customers and entrepreneurs. Raised in poverty-stricken, gang-infested South Central Los Angeles, Bryant saw firsthand how our institutions have abandoned the poor. He details how business loans, home loans, and financial investments have vanished from their communities. After decades of deprivation, the poor lack bank accounts, decent credit scores, and any real firsthand experience of how a healthy free enterprise system functions. Bryant radically redefines the meaning of poverty and wealth. He exposes why attempts to aid the poor so far have fallen short and offers a way forward: the HOPE Plan, a series of straightforward, actionable steps to build financial literacy and expand opportunity so that the poor can join the middle class. Fully 70 percent of the American economy is driven by consumer spending, but more and more people have too much month at the end of their money. John Hope Bryant aspires to “expand the philosophy of free enterprise to include all of God’s children” and create a thriving economy that works not just for the 1 percent or even the 99 percent but for the 100 percent. This is a free enterprise approach to solving the problem of poverty and raising up a new America.

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    How the Poor Can Save Capitalism

    4.3 hrs • 6/24/14 • Unabridged
  9. 4.2 hrs • 6/1/2014 • Unabridged

    In an era of slowing growth, Africa is home to a trillion-dollar, resource-rich economy, and six of the ten fastest growing markets in the world. Success in Africa introduces the ambitious CEOs who are building the continent. These stories of growth, technology, and tradition bring life to one of the most important stories of the global economy: a successful Africa. The CEOs of General Electric, The Coca Cola Company, and Tullow Oil join Africa’s leading CEOs to share insights on what wins in this fast-growth market. With twenty years of experience in frontier markets, including a decade working in Africa, author Jonathan Berman engages with top business leaders on the vast opportunities and challenges of the continent. Success in Africa pushes past the headlines on Africa’s growth to answer the questions often asked by companies and investors: Who do I work with there and what drives them? How do I deal with government? What about war, disease, and poverty? What about China? How do I win? Success in Africa provides on-the-ground perspective, personal stories, and insight that Robert Rubin calls “essential reading for all who are interested in Africa for reasons of business, investment, policy, or curiosity.”

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    Success in Africa

    4.2 hrs • 6/1/14 • Unabridged
  10. 7.3 hrs • 1/1/2013 • Unabridged

    Eighteen years after the genocide that made Rwanda international news, yet left it all but abandoned by the West, the country has achieved a miraculous turnaround. Rising out of the complete devastation of a failed state, Rwanda has emerged on the world stage yet again—this time with a unique model for governance and economic development under the leadership of its strong and decisive president, Paul Kagame. Here, Patricia Crisafulli and Andrea Redmond look at Kagame’s leadership, his drive for excellence and execution that draws comparisons to American CEOs and emphasizes the development of a sophisticated and competitive workforce that leverages human capital. In Rwanda, the ultimate turnaround, strong and effective leadership has made a measurable and meaningful difference. Rwanda’s progress offers an example for other developing nations to lift themselves out of poverty without heavy reliance on foreign aid through decentralization, accountability, self-determination, and self-sufficiency. The authors also explore Rwanda’s journey toward its goal of becoming a middle-income nation with a technology-based economy and its progress in encouraging private sector development and fostering entrepreneurship while also making gains in education, health care, and food security—and all with a strong underpinning of reconciliation and unification. As so many nations stand on the brink of political and economic revolution, this is a timely and fascinating look at the implications of Rwanda’s success for the rest of the continent—and the world.

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    Rwanda, Inc. by Patricia Crisafulli, Andrea Redmond

    Rwanda, Inc.

    Foreword by Joseph W. Saunders
    7.3 hrs • 1/1/13 • Unabridged
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  11. 7.1 hrs • 4/27/2011 • Unabridged

    A successful optometry practice is a juggling act. You need to know your field of optometry, as well as how to run a small business. Your education has prepared you for the technical ins and outs of optometry practice, but what has prepared you to run a business? The E-Myth Optometrist fills this knowledge gap, giving you a complete tool kit for starting a successful practice from scratch or maximizing an existing practice’s performance. Loaded with practical, powerful advice you can easily use, this one-stop guide helps you realize all the benefits that come with a thriving optometry practice. Combining the wisdom of renowned business expert Michael E. Gerber and the optometry expertise of Dr. Riley F. Uglum, The E-Myth Optometrist equips you to: – Stop trading time for dollars.– Free yourself from unprofitable, unproductive, and time-consuming routines.– Transform from a successful optometry technician into a successful optometrist-manager-entrepreneur.– Shift from tactical thinking (working in your business) to strategic thinking (working on your business).– Implement innovative systems to produce consistent results as your practice grows.– Manage the processes—not the people for getting things done.– Schedule time for entrepreneurial work, using a weekly planning tool.– Create the story that becomes the heart of your practice. The E-Myth Optometrist offers you a road map for an optometry business that is self-sufficient, growing, and highly profitable. Take your practice to levels you didn’t think possible with this insightful guide!

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  12. 4.1 hrs • 10/21/2008 • Unabridged

    America is unrivaled in our ability to solve tough problems and create bold, powerful solutions. That’s exactly what we need to do with the energy crisis we now face. We can become energy independent, while lowering prices at the pump today and developing innovative and effective energy alternatives for the future. We can produce an overwhelming supply of oil and natural gas here at home, and break the stranglehold that foreign countries have on our energy supply, and our economy. And we can be responsible stewards of our environment, protecting the grand beauty and richness of our country without sacrificing our robust engines of growth, expansion, and entrepreneurship.  As Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and bestselling author, spells out in stunning simplicity, when it comes to developing domestic energy resources, we can do it all. Isn’t it time we relied on American energy for America’s security and prosperity? With your help, your citizen action, and Newt Gingrich’s plan as laid out in Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less, we can solve this energy crisis—and slash gas prices, too.

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    Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less

    By Newt Gingrich, with Vince Haley
    4.1 hrs • 10/21/08 • Unabridged
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  13. 12.2 hrs • 3/15/2008 • Unabridged

    An unprecedented up-close-and-personal look at the trio of tycoons whose high-stakes gambles—in business—make Sin City soar. Steve Wynn, Kirk Kerkorian, Dr. Gary Loveman. The first two are world-famous for their flamboyant, often outrageous efforts to dominate Las Vegas. But it’s the third—an economist from Harvard Business School, unknown even to most of the guests at his high-profile casinos—who may now have the most impact. In Winner Takes All, Christina Binkley, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, explores how these three magnates are building a bigger and better Las Vegas and how their influence is spreading beyond the city’s borders. Meet the winners:Steve Wynn is the visionary behind the Mirage, the Bellagio, and the $2.7 billion Wynn Las Vegas. Loud and passionate, with a tragic backstory—a world-renowned art collector, he is slowly going blind from retinitis pigmentosa—Wynn is often called the architect of modern Las Vegas.Kirk Kerkorian, who is in his late eighties, is a shy, sly tactician, but his status as a billionaire deal maker who owns half the strip—and his history as nemesis to Howard Hughes—keeps him in the forefront of Las Vegas, wheeling and dealing.Dr. Gary Loveman, the CEO of Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., represents a new, more populist future for Las Vegas, one in which gamblers will be carefully culled from databases rather than lured by flash. Loveman approaches the city as though it were a Harvard case study. On the verge of becoming Las Vegas’—and possibly the world’s—biggest gambling titan, he refuses to even live there. Peppered with celebrity cameos (from Siegfried and Roy to George and Barbara Bush), this sharp, fast-paced narrative tells the story of how billions of dollars—and an unparalleled drive for power—took three men’s visions for Las Vegas from mere dreams to reality.

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    Winner Takes All

    12.2 hrs • 3/15/08 • Unabridged
  14. 2.3 hrs • 3/9/2006 • Unabridged

    Since World War II, economists have struggled to understand the Keynesian Revolution and to apply its lessons to the modern economy. The heart of the debate over Keynes’ radical ideas has been whether they could or should be reconciled with the older, neoclassical economic theory. Post-Keynesians have insisted that the traditional belief in free markets cannot accommodate the dynamic and complex modern economic world. Neoclassical Synthesists accept Keynesian arguments for short-term economic consequences, but they believe that free markets still achieve the best long-term results. The Great Economic Thinkers series is a collection of presentations that explain, in understandable language, the major ideas of history’s most important economists. Special emphasis is placed on each thinker’s attitude toward capitalism, revealing their influence in today’s debate on economic progress and prosperity.

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    Struggle over the Keynesian Heritage by Dr. Paul Davidson
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  15. 13.6 hrs • 7/1/2005 • Unabridged

    China today is visible everywhere—in the news, in the economic pressures battering America, in the workplace, and in every trip to the store. Provocative, timely, and essential, this dramatic account of china’s growing dominance as an industrial super-power by journalist Ted C. Fishman explains how the profound shift in the global economic order has occurred—and why it already affects us all.

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    China, Inc.

    13.6 hrs • 7/1/05 • Unabridged
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